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DOB Reduces Violations, Penalties to Achieve Mayor’s Executive Order

January 25, 2023    

These 26 reforms are projected to save NYC small businesses roughly $1.5 million.

 

In January 2022, Mayor Adams signed Executive Order 2, “Small Business Forward,” to reform existing business regulations and ensure local businesses face fewer needless fines and...

FDNY Updates FEP Bulletin to Address Lithium-Ion Battery Risks

December 21, 2022    

E-bikes, e-scooters, e-mopeds, and other small electric mobility devices have experienced a surge in popularity. These devices use a small electric motor to increase the range and reduce the effort it takes to reach a destination. For example, e-bikes look and behave like traditional bicycles...

OSE Proposes Rules to Implement Short-Term Rental Registration Law

November 30, 2022    

Registration of short-term rentals takes effect in January. 

 

DHCR Increases Air-Conditioner Rent Surcharge for 2022–23

October 25, 2022    

Pending bill seeks to eliminate $5 surcharge for tenant-installed A/C units.

 

The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) recently announced an increase in this year’s air-conditioner rent surcharge for owners who pay for electricity. In rent-controlled or...

DHCR Proposes Significant Amendments to Rent Stabilization Code

September 12, 2022    

On Aug. 31, the DHCR issued a notice of public hearing on proposed amendments to the Rent Stabilization Code. These proposed amendments have been in the works for two and a half years and would be the first update since 2014 to the Rent Stabilization Code, which governs roughly 1 million rent-...

6 Tips When Planning for Intense Storms

August 18, 2022    

The city releases a rainfall plan to help combat extreme weather.

 

What Owners Need to Know About NYC Security Deposit Laws

July 28, 2022    

The rules apply to all tenants, not just rent-regulated ones.

 

A security deposit is money a tenant deposits with the building owner that protects the owner if the tenant stops paying rent, skips out early on the lease, or damages the apartment. In New York, security...

How to Implement RGBO #54 Rent Increases

June 28, 2022    

RGB votes for sharpest increase in nearly a decade.

 

Dos & Don'ts When Dealing with Tenant-Installed Air Conditioners

May 19, 2022    

As summer approaches, many of your tenants may start to install air conditioners in their windows. Or they may ask a super to do the installation for them. But air conditioners that tenants or building employees improperly install or remove may cause you big trouble. They may fall out of windows...

DHCR Issues New Guidance on Electronic Leases, Lease Offers

April 22, 2022    

The DHCR has finally issued rules to permit rent-stabilized leases and lease renewals to be offered and accepted through electronic means. On March 25, the DHCR issued Operational Bulletin 2022-1, entitled “Electronic Lease Offering and Tenant’s Voluntary Consent.” The bulletin...

Handling Requests for Emotional Support Animals: 3 Takeaways from a Recent Case

March 18, 2022    

A recent disability discrimination case involving an emotional support dog highlights the murky waters owners must navigate when making exceptions to pet policies as a reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. Many leases contain “no-pet” clauses, barring pets...

How to Comply with FDNY's Amended Back-of-Door Notice Rule

February 18, 2022    

Among the numerous required postings and signage for apartment buildings in New York City, the fire safety notice that's posted on the backs of apartment entrance doors is one that has been shown to be very necessary due to recent tragic events. When faced with a fire in one’s building...